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Monsanto plans conventional wheat research

A Monsanto official says the company will develop new varieties of wheat at its new facilities in Idaho and Montana, but they will not be genetically modified.

GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — Monsanto Co. is offering assurances that the wheat-breeding research center it plans to open in Great Falls will involve conventional research and not genetically modified organisms.

Jeff Koscelny is Monsanto’s U.S. commercial lead for wheat. He tells the Great Falls Tribune (http://gftrib.com/1elvPuM ) that the work that will occur in the Great Falls area involves traditional wheat breeding to come up with better varieties that produce better yield and products.

Koscelny says the seed varieties will be developed at the company’s Wheat Technology Center in Twin Falls, Idaho, by cross-breeding different types of seeds. The resulting seeds will be grown in test plots north of Great Falls to study how well the varieties grow in various soils and environments to see if they are commercially viable.



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